Flash Drive: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GTBy Bruce Caldwell

Model Tested: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT 4-Door Hatchback

Engine: 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder, 148 hp, 131 lb/ft

Transmission: 6-speed Automatic, Front Wheel Drive

EPA Ratings: 27-mpg city/37-mpg highway

Base Price: $19,395

As Tested: $23,015


  • Acceleration is adequate, but not exciting
  • Very good fuel economy
  • Smooth shifting automatic transmission
  • Selectable steering modes: normal, comfort, sport


  • Excellent passenger and cargo space
  • Quiet environment, quality materials
  • Well-designed gauges and controls
  • Solid construction
  • Sliding center armrest
  • Back seat knee room snug unless front seats are moved up


  • Big front door bins
  • Deep console bin
  • Flat cargo floor
  • Shallow under floor bonus storage
  • Split folding rear seats

WOW Factors:

  • Handsome and practical
  • Excellent value, outstanding warranty
  • Panoramic sunroof


  • No inside rear hatch release

Bottom Line: The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is a roomy sedan with the added utility of a handsomely styled hatchback body. It’s well built, very comfortable, nicely equipped and attractively priced.